What is an EDI 832?
An EDI 832 is a catalog price file and is used to request or provide prices and product information of goods electronically. It replaces a paper catalog and includes:
- Seller name and contact information
- Terms of sale
- Physical Details including packaging
- Pricing information
EDI 832s enable businesses to streamline the supply chain by eliminating the need to manually data enter information into different systems such as shopping carts or ERPs. The automation also keeps the cost of business down as a whole because it frees up resources and reduces human error.
How do I send/receive an EDI 832?
It is rather simple for a system to send/receive EDI 832s. For the most part, the transmitting is done through the Internet or Value Added Network (VAN). To keep EDI costs affordable, today most EDI transmission is done through the internet using AS2 or secure FTP- eliminating the need for an expensive VAN. The file is kept secure using encryption to keep the data safe.
Translating an EDI 832
Once an EDI 832 document has been received, it must be translated into a functional format for your system. The majority of organizations have their own standard set of definitions for EDI 832s so companies use a platform like logicbroker to configure and translate these different documents. Once the EDI 832 is translated, the catalog information can be synced to your internal systems such as an ERP or shopping cart – eliminating the need for manual data entry. Many retailers use logicbroker to automatically update product pricing and information from trading partners to their shopping cart –eliminating lost revenue due to inaccurate prices. Also, suppliers find it useful because they can quickly communicate pricing and product information to their trading partners- eliminating the need to send catalogs via emails, faxes, or mail. Typically, many organizations will send similar documents such as an EDI 846. (Product Inventory).